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November 10, 2014

Tweeters Can Now Report Online Harassment

Twitter users now have a way to report any harassment they experience on the social network.

Activist group Women, Action and the Media (WAM) has partnered with Twitter to crack down on a problem that has become rampant on the micro-blogging site in recent months.

WAM has created an online form through which people can report abuse and harassment on Twitter and have the problem resolved within 24 hours.

“We’re using this pilot project to learn about what kind of gendered harassment is happening on Twitter, how that harassment intersects with other kinds of harassment (racist, transphobic, etc.), and which kinds of cases Twitter is prepared (and less prepared) to respond to,” reads the WAM form. “We’ll then work with Twitter to improve their responses to the harassment of women on their platform.”

The new partnership comes in response to the recent harassment of a number of female game developers and other online personalities who received rape and death threats. Some women were even forced to flee their homes in fear of their safety.

Buzzfeed has compiled a list of tweets that were instrumental in WAM taking action.

“Just use the form below to tell us what’s happening,” WAM says in its form. “If it checks out, we’ll escalate it to Twitter right away (24 hours max, hopefully much less than that) and work to get you a speedy resolution. But please note: we’re not Twitter, and we can’t make decisions for them. We’re going to do our best to advocate for you with them, though.”


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.